GMA names VP industry affairs
WASHINGTON — Pamela Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, has announced the appointment of Jennifer Kaleda as VP industry affairs, operational effectiveness.
"I am pleased to welcome Jennifer Kaleda to the GMA team," Bailey said. "Jennifer comes to us with a strong background in the consumer packaged goods industry, and her work in integrated supply chain management makes her the ideal person to enhance GMA’s role as a leader in facilitating industry collaboration across the entire value chain."
As a member of the industry affairs and collaboration leadership team, Kaleda will be responsible for the operational effectiveness and efficiency initiatives of the GMA value chain optimization strategic platform, while supporting the team’s overall goal of fostering trading partner relationships and collaboration.
Prior to joining GMA, Kaleda was the director of 1SYNC account management at GS1 U.S., in charge of leveraging customer relationships to create awareness, adoption and implementation of the global data synchronization effort.
She also served in management roles with Campbell Soup Co. and Kraft Foods. Kaleda will report to Denny Belcastro, EVP industry affairs and collaboration. She will begin her new assignment on Nov. 14.
Conference Board survey finds holiday shoppers in frugal mood
NEW YORK — U.S. households are expected to spend an average of $497 on gifts this holiday season, the Conference Board reported. Only 7% of consumers said they plan to spend more on holiday gifts this year, while approximately 49% plan on spending less than last year.
The survey of holiday gift spending intentions, based on a probability-design random sample, was conducted on behalf of the Conference Board in October by Nielsen.
"As the holiday season approaches, we once again find consumers in a frugal mood," said Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board Consumer Research Center. "With the overwhelming majority of consumers expecting to spend the same or less than they did last year, it’s not surprising that they expect a large share of their purchases to be on sale or discounted."
Four-out-of-10 holiday shoppers said they expect more than half of their purchases to be on sale or discounted. An additional 3-out-of-10 said they expect one-quarter to half of their purchases to be discounted.
Close to two-thirds of consumers expect to purchase a portion of their holiday gifts online, with about 15% saying more than half of their gifts will be purchased online.
Eastman Kodak, Discount Drug Mart expand in-store photo capabilities
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Eastman Kodak on Friday announced the renewal of its agreement with Ohio-based Discount Drug Mart to be the drug chain’s exclusive supplier of photo finishing technology, products and services.
Kodak will continue to support Discount Drug Mart’s fleet of Kodak Picture Kiosks and Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange thermal dry labs.
Discount Drug Mart is in the process of upgrading its fleet with the latest Kodak innovations, such as Facebook site connectivity on the Kodak Picture Kiosk, duplex print capability and Web-to-store order and fulfillment. Kodak currently is installing the upgrades in Discount Drug Mart photo centers across Ohio and expects to complete the upgrade in time for the holiday season.
The enhanced Facebook Connect feature allows customers to use images from their own, as well as from their friends’ shared Facebook photo albums, to create personalized photo products at the Kodak Picture Kiosk. Discount Drug Mart also is taking advantage of the Kodak Net-to-Retail connectivity platform to offer its customers the convenience of ordering photo products online and picking orders up at their favorite Discount Drug Mart location, Kodak stated.
In addition to software upgrades, Discount Drug Mart is adding Kodak DL2100 duplex printers to its fleet. The new duplex printers expand the portfolio of photo print products Discount Drug Mart can offer its customers to include double-sided Kodak photo books and calendars, and the new Kodak personal greeting cards, which provide consumers a creative and personal card creating experience with new designer styles and unique writeable designs.
“We’re investing in the newest digital photo center technologies while continuing to leverage our traditional services to ensure that our customers enjoy the most exceptional photo creation experience,” said John Graycar, director of photo operations at Discount Drug Mart.